Knowing how to tell your family about your eating disorder can be daunting. Often you may be unsure of how they will react, or even how you will react or respond. Each family is different, but there are ways that you can talk to your family and explain your struggles to them. First, Prepare The [...] Read More
Determining who to tell about your eating disorder is an important and challenging decision. To share your struggles is to be incredibly vulnerable. You need to surround yourself with people that you can trust to honor that vulnerability. Telling your parents or close friends may have felt like a no-brainer, but it’s tough to determine [...] Read More
Contributor: Michelle Wells, The Meadows Ranch When my friend told me that her teenage daughter entered an intensive outpatient program for the treatment of anorexia, I hugged her, and then I congratulated her. “This is great news,” I said. A surprising response, maybe, but it was heartfelt. I encouraged her and celebrated because I knew [...] Read More
The role of family can be extremely helpful in the eating disorder treatment process. Looking at alternative models, such as the Maudsley Model, families can take an active lead in the treatment of the child family member who has either anorexia or bulimia. In more traditional eating disorder treatment, the family is seen as part [...] Read More
The Maudsley Model, otherwise known as family-based treatment, is a therapeutic technique that involves the family in the refeeding and recovery process. This was developed in London by Dr. Daniel Le Grange and Dr. James Lock. Initially, it was solely focused on anorexia nervosa, but they are continuing to expand its practice to other eating [...] Read More
A 7-year-old states that she is vegetarian because she loves animals, and begins to eat a more restricted diet. A 10-year-old is concerned about starvation in the world and begins to feel guilty about their abundance of food, and slowly begins to eat fewer food choices. An 8-year-old eats less in response to stressful family [...] Read More
Contributor: Stephanie Ceranec, Med, LCPC, Eating Disorder Program Coordinator, Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. When it comes to eating disorder recovery, learning how to normalize eating behaviors is essential to healing and reestablishing a relationship with food. For someone who is regularly engaging in eating disorder behaviors, like restricting at meals, purging after eating, or [...] Read More
Contributor: Kirsten Haglund, Community Relations Representative for Timberline Knolls and Founder and President of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation The reality of an eating disorder is that often the illness serves the sufferer in some way. These individuals have created an entire life construct that is held up by the beams of their disordered eating behavior. [...] Read More
Effectiveness of Hospitalization Care for Children with AN: A Longer Term Solution, the goals of inpatient treatment is typically medical and nutritional stabilization. Research has shown that inpatient treatment is extremely effective in short term weight gain, and medical stabilization, the longer term benefits are more uncertain . Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa (AN) typically includes [...] Read More
For the millions of men and women across the nation who struggle with an eating disorder, the struggle for survival, healing, connection and more is a reality that is faced every day. Because of the vast misunderstandings, stereotypes, and stigmas that are created, circulated, and believed about eating disorders, countless eating disorder sufferers are left [...] Read More
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